Vintage shopping is the most sustainable way to buy fashion. We know it can feel a little overwhelming, vintage shopping — but trust us, the endless rails of endless tat and the recognisably musky smell stereotypes do not apply to the following vintage shops in London that we found are the absolute best. Shopping from vintage stores also allows a wider breadth of choice.
You may think that bagging yourself an expensive, off-the-runway or custom designer piece is the only way to get exclusive items for your wardrobe. And whilst this is certainly a fun option, most of us can't afford to fill our closets in this way. Thankfully, with vintage clothing and second-hand treasure troves being in rich abundance in the UK, you've got other options.
The Internet has forever changed the way we shop. Where before you may have had to paw through dusty rails of clothes in huge warehouses set in awkward real world locations, now finding that 50s skirt or 80s shell suit is just a click away. New clothes with a historical reference are imitations or reproductions rather than the original article.
Channelling Edie Sedgwick or looking as if you're hot off an '80s runway, without breaking the bank, has never been easier. Below Vogue brings you a guide to the best vintage shops and bargain buys in London, just in time for the Christmas season. Right on Brick Lane, each rail is bursting with fabulous items, bargain designer steals from BurberryFendiDiorMoschinoall for an affordable price.
With sustainability being the focal talking point in fashion at the moment and, hopefully, foreveryou might be wondering how you can do your bit for the planet. One of the easiest ways to reduce your footprint is to forgo buying new clothes and invest in pre-owned pieces instead. Here, we round up 10 of the best vintage clothing shops in the UK, where you will be able to find stylish pieces that won't have a negative effect on our planet.
Looking good needn't mean looking like everyone else. Vintage fashion is an original choice, plus it's an environmentally-friendly way to buy clothes. Below are some of the best shops in London for vintage dresses and retro clothing. If you're looking for cheap second-hand clothes, take a look at London's charity and thrift shops.
William Vintage is located at 2 Marylebone Street. If you're in the market for a special memento on your next trip to London, you're better off skipping the main shopping thoroughfares of New Bond and Oxford Street and heading straight to the city's purveyors of antique and vintage treasures. In London, you'll find bargains on donated secondhand clothing and accessories at the city's many Oxfam stores — proceeds of which fund the organization's poverty-fighting initiatives — and, if you're willing to hunt for them, at the city's weekend markets on Portobello Road, in Camden and on Church Street.